There is a saying in the world of politics; “Need a poll, buy a poll.” It hinges on the understanding that the human psyche is geared toward a desire to be apart of the larger crowd. You see, no one desires to be known as being “outside the mainstream” of society. Thus, the various election polls you see at this time of the year. Many of the media outlets release various polls depending on their likes and dislikes.
Polling data is something that I find interesting but it is not something I always place a dependence on. If you will notice the election polls mentioned earlier, you will find that CNN commissions the polls they report and Fox commissions separate polls for their reports. If the polls do not come back affirming their position it is never released. However, most polling experts agree they can predict how the polls will be returned based on the questions asked. Not only can they determine the data results but they can do so simply because of the way the questions are worded. These polling experts study how they are not supposed to word questions because of a “leading” quality in the question. However, it is that discipline used in forming the poll that can be misused in order to bring about desired results. Which brings me to my title questions; Why another poll? How does it help?
Why another poll?
The Lifeway SBC Pastor Survey 2012 covers a gambit of issues. It begins with leading questions about the upcoming recommendation to the convention concerning the addition of a nickname. It ends with statements concerning the percentages of Cooperative Program (CP) giving. When I say leading I mean the survey presupposes a nickname is a foregone conclusion. There were three questions asked about the nickname with two questions being presented with statements of fact before the question. Notice the first “statement of fact” that is given.
In February the task force appointed to consider a possible name change for the Southern Baptist Convention recommended that its legal name remain the Southern Baptist Convention.
You are if you speak your disagreements against a perspective of the Editor at SBC Voices! In an astounding show of arrogance the editor has posted an OP that outlines guidelines on how to spot wolves in sheep clothing. What is so arrogant about his post? He uses Scripture to justify tagging brothers and sisters in Christ with the tag of “wolf in sheep clothing.”
To be fair he opens his OP with a disclaimer that he is not speaking about those that may come to various reader’s minds.
“While certain individuals may come to your mind, and may have come to mine as I wrote this, this is not directed at any individual.”
Posted by Tim Rogers on September 30, 2010
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(After some direct messaging from Pastor Floyd this morning on Twitter, I would like to clarify a few items. These clarifications will appear in red throughout this Op)
Recently First Baptist Springdale Arkansas changed their name to Cross Church. Sounds very good and I would like to say that any autonomous church has the right and privilege to be called whatever they deem appropriate. Allow me also to say that I would not have even considered this post had not Pastor Floyd made it such a huge electronic media event. Now I understand that electronic media is one way to communicate to one’s congregation and it is needed when you have a congregation spread out like that of Cross Church. However, the icing on the cake for me came when Pastor Floyd posted the following tweet on his Twitter board:
to my SBC friends on our name change today, read this: http://conta.cc/9ej0tp 9:57 PM Sep 26th via Twitterrific
With that tweet he invited the SBC to weigh in on their decision to change their name. (Dr. Floyd was tweeting to the SBC in order to assure the SBC world about the name change.) The link, you find in the tweet, takes you to a statement explaining the name change. However, you can go to this link and see a video that Pastor Floyd and his son, Nick put together to explain the name change and how it came about.
Posted by Tim Rogers on April 24, 2010
Posted in Baptist Daily Life | 34 Comments
It has been sometime since I have written anything on this blog. I have returned in order to deal with some issues that I am not able to do when one is on a collaborative blog. While I will be writing on a schedule with SBC Today, I will also post thoughts here that I am not able to do over at our group blog. In order to fulfill my duties at Ebenezer Baptist, I will only post here once a week. Also, I will deal with issues here that affect NC Baptist as well as Southern Baptist at large.